Monday, July 21, 2014

14 year-old sets national weightlifting record (VIDEO)

A 14-year-old weightlifting phenomenon wowed a national audience once again this weekend by breaking one of USA Weightlifting’s oldest records.

In his third attempt Saturday at the U.S. National Weightlifting Championships in Salt Lake City, C.J. Cummings broke the American men’s clean-and-jerk record for the 62-kilogram (about 137-pounds) division of 152.5 kilograms (about 336 pounds) set in 2002 by LeGrand Sakamaki,  who was then 25. Cummings lifted 153 kilos (337.3 pounds) to his shoulders and then overhead, after he weighed in at 136 pounds.

It's an amazing record for a sport that mostly goes unnoticed in this country.

No lifter Cummings’ age has ever broken a national record in the history of USA Weightlifting. In fact, the South Carolina high school student has broken nearly every weightlifting record he has encountered and has been declared the strongest male his age in the world by international weightlifting officials.

Cumming's coach, Ray Jones, praised the burgeoning star, "Nothing has changed. The bottom line is the same. C.J. has been a gift from God, and he is applying that gift to the best of his ability."

They both now have their sights set on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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